TOPEKA — Edward Harold “Ed” Hare Jr., 87, of Topeka, formerly of Parsons, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.

He was born Jan. 23, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Edward Harold and Hermine Sue (Klenner) Hare Sr. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

He was a geologist for several oil companies, including Inco Oil Co. in Parsons as a field manager.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parsons and later Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene in Topeka.

Ed married Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Lish on Aug. 2, 1958, in Miami, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2011. He married Lillian A. (Burdette) Bowin on Aug. 14, 2012, in Parsons. She survives and continues to reside in Topeka.

Other survivors include five children, Paul Hare of Topeka, Anne Clemens and her husband, Kenny Hinkle, of Andover, Karen Kluczykowski and her husband, Gary Jr., of Topeka, James Hare and his wife, Lisa, of Kirkland, Washington, and John Hare and his wife, Sherry, of Gladstone, Missouri; four stepchildren, Dr. James “Jupe” Allen and his wife, Debbie, of Edna, Judith Allen Warner of Sherman, Texas, Michael Allen and his wife, Mary Lou, of Topeka and Robin “Jeri” Lethem and her husband, Pete, of Overland Park; 11 grandchildren, Edmond and Vivian Hare, Alex and Elizabeth Clemens, George and Jonna Kluczykowski, Edward, Jacob and Isaac Hare and Henry and Evan Hare; several stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; his sister, Helen Hagstrom of Ashland, Wisconsin; and three brothers, John Hare and his wife, Joyce, of Ashland, Wisconsin, Robert Hare and his wife, Sue, of Winona, Minnesota, and Thomas Hare and his wife, Rachel, of Cleveland, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, David Edward Hare, in 2010.

Ed enjoyed spending time with family, especially grandchildren, fishing, gardening, playing card games, especially cribbage, traveling and crossword puzzles. He loved his profession and continued to work on projects and provided consulting throughout his life.

Ed bequeathed his body to the University of Kansas Medical School. A private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center Angel Fund, 1414 SW Eighth Ave., Topeka, KS 66606.

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